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, will be hearing arguments on two landmark cases. the federal defense of marriage act or doma and proposition 8. so what can next week mean for politicians? mark murray is standing by. so mark, if the court strikes down these laws, do you think that could potentially help politicians in both parties? >> i think you could see more governors, more state legislatures feel like they might have free reign for gay marriage in their states. craig, i will say you're already seeing such a rush on this in states with democratic control. and the change in attitudes has been striking. in our own "wall street journal" poll, 30% of the country supported gay marriage in 2004. that is now a majority. 51%. so a full 20 or more percentage points increase in just nine years. that's amazing in social attitudes and in american politics. >> it kind of reminds me, when roe v. wade happened, a lot of politicians could say this is settled law. so you don't have to spend a great deal of time engaged in debates with a potential political opponent over it. if the court, if it keeps these laws intact, how could that complicate
the country defines marriage and defense of rights of gay americans. marches and vigils are planned in san francisco and southern california. tomorrow morning, the justice there's hear arguments over california's gay marriage ban, referred to as prop 8. the plaintiffs, a gay couple and a lesbian couple appeared outside the court today. then on wednesday, the court will hear a case brought by 83-year-old widow edith windsor. she is challenging doma, the defense of marriage act. she said she was forced to pay taxes when her wife died. >> it was incredible expense. >> meanwhile, people who want to witness the cases firsthand began lining up outside the court on thursday. using tents, tarps, even umbrellas to shelter from today's snowfall. they're hoping to receive one of the roughly 60 seats available to the public. we learn one of those who will be inside the court is the lesbian couple of chief justice john roberts. jean podrasky will attend the hearings with her partner of four years. podrasky said this about her cousin. i believe he sees where the tide is going. i do trust him. i absolute
for overturning the defense of marriage act in 1996 which he signed into law. it seems to be lately every few days there is a top ranking politician who come out in favor of same sex marriage on either side of the aisle. what is the likelihood we'll see more of this over the next weeks and months? >> well, even the rnc autopsy that came out today hinted at this being a potential issue that needed to be addressed by republicans. i do think that you're in the middle of history. you're seeing the aircraft carrier kind of turn on this. and has gone very quickly in just the last five years. and it all goes directly to polling. if you, i hate to be cynical about it but politicians move very easily when it looks like it is a popular issue. and it has become much more favorable to be in favor of same sex marriage, rather than being against it. it provides a lot more cover for politicians who might have been leaning that direction to now be able to say that they're for it. >> good to see you. >> thanks. >>> time for the news nation gut check. we told you earlier about the republican national committee's au
approved prop 8 which banned same sex marriages and to the federal defense of marriage act. ahead of that, a new "washington post" abc news poll shows 58% of americans now support same sex marriage. 36% are opposed. that's almost the exact opposite of attitudes ten years ago. what does your gut tell you? do you think public opinion on gay marriage will sway the supreme court's decisions? go to facebook.com/"news nation" to vote on that. that does it for this edition of "news nation." "the cycle" is up next. (dog) larry,larry,larrryyy. why take exercise so seriously,when it can be fun? push-ups or sprints? what's wrong with fetch? or chase? let's do this larry! ooh, i got it, i got it! (narrator) the calorie-smart nutrition in beneful healthy weight... includes grains and real chicken, because a healthy dog is a playful dog. beneful healthy weight. find us on facebook to help put more play in your day. a new ride comes along and changes everything. the powerful gs. get great values on your favorite lexus models during the command performance sales event. this is the pursuit of perfection.
before. that includes more support for the missile defenses, like iron dome which i saw today and which saved so many israeli lives. in short, and i don't think this is just my opinion, i think this would be shared, america's support for israel security is unprecedented and alliance between our nations has never been stronger. that the sturdy foundation we built on today as we addressed a range of shared challenges. as part of our long-term commitment to israel security. the prime minister and i agree to start extending military assistance to israel. our current agreement lasts through 2017 and we directed our teams to start working on extending it for the years beyond. i'm also pleased to announce we will take steps to insure that there's no interruption of funding for iron dome. as a result of decisions that i made last year, israel will receive approximately $200 million this fiscal year and we will continue to work with congress on future funding of iron dome. these are further reminders that we will help to preserve israel's qualitative military edge so israel can defend itself, by
relationships. the fact that they got clear understandings on iran, on the right of self-defense, israel, the u.s. will not tolerate nuclear weapons in iran. the discussion on syria. i think most importantly the connection with the israeli people which seems to have succeeded to possibly move toward the negotiation on an israeli/palestinian effort. the two-state solution. i think it has been a successful visit. >> what did you make of the speech this morning? >> the speech was lovely. that relationship has been frayed for so long that humor goes some distance. the proof of the pudding will be in the eating. ntsb next few days, if netanyahu authorizes more settlements, we'll know the relationship remains frayed. at least the president went more than halfway. he went all the way from washington to jerusalem. he went there with his arms open. it is now up to netanyahu to respond. the power of the president is not something to be sneered at. now is it depends on the people on the other side of the table. >> you seem like you might be skeptical. >> i am. i've covered the middle east for many, many y
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